Taika Waititi


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Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, hails from the Raukokore region of the East Coast of New Zealand, and is the son of Robin (Cohen), a teacher, and Taika Waiti, an artist and farmer. His father is Maori (Te-Whanau-a-Apanui), and his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish, Scottish, and English descent. Taika has been involved in the film ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 76 wins & 96 nominations. See more awards »

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  Time Bandits (TV Series) (1 episode) (announced)
- Pilot
 2022 Thor: Love and Thunder (written by) (post-production)
 2021 Reservation Dogs (TV Series) (created by - 8 episodes) (post-production)
- Episode #1.7 (2021) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.8 (2021) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.6 (2021) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.5 (2021) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.3 (2021) ... (creator)
 2018-2021 Wellington Paranormal (TV Series) (created by - 19 episodes)
- Fatberg (2021) ... (creator)
- The Revengers (2021) ... (creator)
- The Sevens Ghosts (2021) ... (creator)
- Fear Factory (2021) ... (creator)
- Te Maero (2021) ... (creator)
  What We Do in the Shadows (TV Series) (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by - 10 episodes, 2020) (based on the film written by - 10 episodes, 2019)
- Nouveau Théâtre des Vampires (2020) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
- Witches (2020) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
- Collaboration (2020) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
- The Return (2020) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
- On the Run (2020) ... (based on the film "What We Do in the Shadows" written by)
 2019 Jojo Rabbit (screenplay by)
 2018 Team Darryl (Short)
 2016 Team Thor (Video short)
 2016 Hunt for the Wilderpeople (written by)
 2015 Brown Eye (TV Series)
 2014 What We Do in the Shadows (written by)
 2013/I The Captain (Short)
 2010/I Boy (written by)
 2007-2009 Flight of the Conchords (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- New Zealand Town (2009) ... (written by)
- Drive By (2007) ... (written by)
 2007 Eagle vs Shark (story) / (written by)
 2005 Tama tu (Short)
 2004 Heinous Crime (Short) (as Taika Cohen)
 2003 Two Cars, One Night (Short) (written by)
 2002 John & Pogo (Short) (as Taika Cohen)
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Alternate Names:

T. Cohen | Taika Cohen | Count Viago

Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)
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Personal Quote:

There are lots of parts of filmmaking that I don't like. At the end of the day, especially on features, the film turns into a commodity. You have to play this entirely new game I'm very uncomfortable with. See more »

Trivia:

Waihau Bay where 'BOY' was filmed is where Taika himself grew up as a child; Boy's home in the film is Taika's aunts' house. See more »

Trademark:

Often plays a role in his movies. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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